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Brookes Blossoming Hope For Childhood Cancer Foundation Inc

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Mission: To encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer by raising global public awareness of childhood cancer through education initiatives; and to raise money PRIMARILY for research into earlier detection, newer treatments, and cutting edge, targeted therapies and cures for pediatric cancer that will be gentler and more tolerable through all stages: discovery, diagnosis, treatment, and remission.

Programs: Donations to pediatric cancer research initiatives totalled $45,000.

brooke's blossoms and buddies headware care packages were sent to over 6,000 children worldwide.

the brooke's bots program funded virtual learning robots for kids with cancer distance learning education.

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41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5


To encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer by raising global public awareness of childhood cancer through service project, education and advocacy initiatives;

and to raise money primarily for research into earlier detection, newer treatments, and cutting edge, targeted therapies and cures for pediatric cancer that will be gentler and more tolerable through all stages: discovery, diagnosis, treatment, and remission.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

'When a blossom is much more than a flower, but a symbol of unity, hope & ultimately love'

My daughter was diagnosed with stage iv neuroblastoma in June 2012. One day in the hospital we were sent some 'Brooke's Blossoms' from an Irish mum of a child with cancer who was a friend of the founder. From there grew the beginning of Brooke's Blossoms in Ireland. My daughter delightedly handed out the flowers to other children on the ward when the foundation so generously sent them to us, bringing smiles, joy & colour to children at the most difficult of times.
The seeds of a dear friendship were sown as Brooke & my daughter became great buddies when spending time together in the hospital in America.
A dear friendship bloomed between the founder of the charity & I as she shared her incredible knowledge of neuroblastoma with me.
You see, a blossom is much more than a headpiece, it is a gesture of love, reaching out to children & parents at the most lonely & terrifying time.
Brooke's Blossoms has always supported the 'go gold' campaign to raise awareness of childhood cancer & has sent many gold blossoms to Ireland that are worn the length & breath of this little island.
Awareness=funding=research=a cure.
My sweet little lady was rarely seen without a blossom during her treatment for cancer, the beautiful headpieces adorned her bald little head always, making her feel like the special little beauty she is.
Thank you 'Brooke's Blossoms' , for everything you do, in what can feel like a jungle your blossoms shine brightly.

1 Jennifer542

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an incredible Foundation ran by amazing people in memory of the most amazing little girl. I recommend anyone looking to donate check them out, big changes will be made here I have no doubt

Nancy249

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an unusually effective nonprofit focusing on pediatric cancer. They have spread awareness and crafted beautiful flower bands for children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautiful, selfless charity, with a touching, purposeful, life changing cause.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life was turned upside down when my 1 year old was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. We flew across the country to meet with a new doctor. The best part of that trip---hands down---was meeting the Blossoms behind this nonprofit: Brooke and her mother. They gave us a blossom, a smile, and friendship unparalleled. They continue to bless countless others through their multiple ways of sharing.

Clint4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brooke's Blossoming Hope has brought so many smiles to so many families in need of them. It's founder, Brooke, is my personal hero, and she is a constant reminder to me that I have plenty of reasons to stay happy and push through the negative. This foundation helps raise so much money towards awareness and research for childhood cancers, and is 100% volunteer led and uses 100% of proceeds towards childhood cancer elimination.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing in so many ways. Helping girls feel beautiful while in treatment with big blossoms made with love. Supporting families and bringing awareness to a cause so dear to me and so many others. I had the pleasure to know Brooke well, she changed my life. And I'm so thankful her memory will live on forever because of Brooke's Blossoming Hope. Love always ~ Amy

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Donor

Rating: 5

Brooke's Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer has done & continues to do so much for Childhood cancer. Not only do they bring hope & smiles to the faces of children & their families fighting the fight, but they also bring awareness & funds to research & prayerfully find a cure. When I met Brooke & Jessica, I knew right away how special they were. With their faith & continued dedication to this cause, I know a cure will be found.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Brooke and this foundation changed my life... I used to selfishly turn a blind eye when it came to childhood cancer. It was something that was too painful for me to think about. When I first stumbled across this organization on Facebook and I saw the smiles the blossoms put on children's faces, I decided I wanted to donate financially (but that was it)...apparently God had other plans! The day that I went to drop off a check, I met Brooke. She was such a light- like an angel on this earth. I knew immediately that I wanted to do more than just donate. I wanted to volunteer my time making these blossoms. Well once you start, you can't stop! It has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences for me. I was asked to serve on a committee for one of the fundraisers, and recently became a Brooke's Blossoming Hope board member. After meeting Brooke, there was just no way I couldn't do more... I think so many people feel helpless in these situations so they shy away from getting involved. I did. I never knew that childhood cancer was the number one disease killer in children and that it's grossly underfunded. Brooke's Blossoming Hope not only educated me on this horrible reality, it taught me that I could personally make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer- even just raising awareness is HUGE! I will NEVER stop being a voice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Brooke's Blossoming Hope is a beautiful organization founded by a beautiful little girl. Seeing firsthand the smiles, hope, and joy on kids' faces after getting their blossoms... it's a wonderful thing. The leadership of the organization is caring, and knows how difficult cancer treatment can be. Brooke's legacy lives on through brightening so many children's spirits.

1 Beth167

Donor

Rating: 5

Brookes foundation brings smiles. Smiles to those who gather to raise funds for childhood cancer research and awareness. Smiles to those who design and put together hundreds of head blossoms and head coverings for children all over the world fighting this dreaded disease. And, huge smiles from the girls and boys receiving these gifts of love from Brooke and the wonderful, caring and admired people who are involved making it all happen.

1 Rebecca164

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Foundation! Brooke was an amazing little girl, and an inspiration to everyone she met. The foundation brings smiles and hope to children with cancer and their families. I love seeing the looks on kids faces when they receive a "blossom" or a cape and crown. I am grateful everyday that I get to be part of this wonderful foundation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a valet driver to park cars for people that would attend to hear about Brooke's Blossoms or at place that Brooke would be at, at several events. Brooke would always say hi and talk to me briefly. She would give me a "Blossom of the Day" This girl would always have a smile - it did not matter who you were.

I have also gotten to able to talk to her parents, mainly her mom at these events and you can tell that is where Brooke's genuine passion of life came from. I was privileged to drive her Dad to an event when Brooke was out of town for medical reasons. He preferred to have Brooke and Jessica speak at these events, he stated several times that speaking was not in his comfort zone. When the subject was changed to just small talk about family and life, he beamed with the love he had with his family.

This organization started on a passion to find a cure and it continues. Brooke can no longer be healed but they want every child to be cured from cancer. They do not want anyone to have to go through what they did and they know that research and funding is needed to continue find a cure.

When attending Brooke's services, it was sad but there was joy, Brooke has made a huge impact, not only my life but thousands and continues through this foundation.

1 Mfon O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was helped by this organization during her treatment

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This charity has been instrumental in bringing so many smiles to kids fighting cancer plus raising money for research...they are truly making a difference.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed this charity since its inception. In my opinion this is one of the best and most important foundations established for our precious children who have cancer. Not only does it provide a little joy and color in sick children's lives but also provides much needed money for research.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Brooke's Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation is the most credible foundation I know. Honest and one goal in mind: HELP CHILDREN

1 Molly46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brooke was an amazing inspiration and this foundation is doing wonderful things! As a volunteer and distributor I have witnessed first hand how the kids' days are brightened when they recurve a blossom and that's only one side of this nonprofit - they also are raising money for targeted research.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My sweet angel friend Brooke left a legacy of love and compassion. She won't be forgotten.

Vicki73

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brooke's Blossoming Hope Foundation works tirelessly to advocate for pediatric cancer. They have countless fundraisers to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Brooke will never be forgotten. It was her wish that no more children would ever have to suffer from cancer.

Donor

Rating: 5

Learning about Brooke and this organization completely opened my eyes to the extenuating issues of pediatric cancer. They are focused and successful in not only encouraging pediatric cancer patients, but also making valuable strides in finding cures!!

Dawn137

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great charity, all with a heart as big as Brooke's. They are as caring and compassionate as their inspiration, and give so much to encourage, spread joy, and conquer childhood cancer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is amazing!!! Intentions are great and Brooke's Mom runs the foundation and doesn't even pay herself! They helped our company with a global volunteer opportunity build headbands for kids all over the globe! Fantastic charity!

Kendra9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nothing but amazing things come to mind when I think of Brooke's Blossoms!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brooke's Blossoming Hope For Childhood Cancer Foundation was created by Miss Brooke Hester as she was dealing with childhood cancer herself. She wanted to give to other children also dealing with "owies". Her mother and her created beautiful headbands with flowers for little girls and got very creative in making covers for little boys.

This charity has given these gifts worldwide! Volunteers from around the globe donate the supplies and make the Blossoms; they are then taken to hospitals or other centers treating children fighting for their lives.

Brooke was a strong warrior for five years fighting cancer. After Brooke's eighth birthday in 2015, she joined God in Heaven. Her family, friends and supporters continue her quest of sharing blossoms and smiles with children.

Thank you for any consideration in helping this charity fulfill Brooke's dreams!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brooke's Blossoming Hope For Childhood Cancer Foundation Inc. is a family based charity that grew out of the heart of Brooke. Brooke was a very young girl when cancer struck her little body. I don't know how the Blossoms actually got started but someone, perhaps Brooke's mom, grandmother or friend, made a soft headband with a silk flower attached so as Brooke lost her hair due to chemo, she would not be "bald".

We all have seen people stare at bald people, perhaps we have also stared. This young child somehow started making "Blossoms" for other girls fighting cancer. Then some friends pitched in and made some, then some loving groups, church groups, volunteers, etc... donated their time, the blossoms, the headbands and whatever other items were needed to put smiles on hundreds of girls faces!

Brooke's Blossoms even made items for young boys fighting for their lives also!

People raised money to help this wonderful charity purchase materials, pay for postage and shipping, people donated supplies, people in different countries volunteered and made Blossoms in Brooke's name and shared them all over our earth. Last I know they had been distributed in 40 countries!! That's reaching far and wide by one little girl's dream, to share blossoms with as many children as she could!

Each year as Brooke's birthday approached, her parents would ask what she wanted for her birthday and it was always Blossoms for other children! Each birthday she would have a monetary goal and her friends, Facebook friends, neighbors and strangers always helped Brooke reach her goal! Last year her goal was $7,777.77 (for her seventh birthday) and this year it was $8,888.88 and she reached that one also! Even though Brooke's parents could have asked people to make donations to help their financial situation, they never did. Every penny donated to Brooke's Blossom were spent as needed for materials and shipping, but then donated to medical research to help eliminate childhood cancers altogether! Of all the charities that collect funds for cancer research, childhood cancer only receives a mere 4% or less!

Facebook friends set up a GoFundMe account where followers could donate to help the parents with their gas, hotels, meals while they traveled out of state as needed for Brooke's treatments.

I have followed Brooke for at least three (3) years and her heart was the biggest on earth because of the love she had inside of it! Through all of her surgeries, her treatments, her going bald again, her hospital stays, having to travel again and again to get the proper care, Brooke smiled! She had a beautiful smile and it was very contagious! When anyone would see this child she was always smiling no matter how much she was suffering. I'm sure in private and among family and close friends there may have been times of so much pain the smile was temporarily gone, but as soon as possible, Brooke was back on her feet singing, dancing, sharing Blossoms with other patients, entertaining others and making Blossoms!

Brooke's family shared all of her treatments, her good days, bad days, her surgeries, her trips, visits from strangers and newly made friends. We all became part of Brooke's Blossoms!!

GOD gave Brooke her beautiful Angel Wings this summer. Heaven now has Brooke and I'm sure she has found a way to pick beautiful fresh flowers to give to her friends that were there waiting for her as she crossed over.

Brooke's Blossoming Hope For Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc. is truly a charity of love. Through their Facebook pages, Brooke has touched well over 80,000 lives (I do not know the exact count) and each one of us continue to pray for her family and the other lives she touched and shared with us.

This is a charity that is well deserving of any and all donations.

Thank you,
Sandi Snider

Jenny I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best foundations I have had the pleasure of knowing. The smiles these blossoms being are priceless. My little girl who was bff's with Brooke, rarely went without one in her little bald head. The love they share is amazing. Now to see the research being funded is incredible. Because Brooke decided to give her blossom to another child, many future children will have better treatment options than she did or my own little girl did before she went to heaven.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a creative volunteer with Brooke's Blossoming Hope (BBH) for right at 3 years. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the foundation and its mission to make a difference in the lives of children fighting pediatric cancer. From the distribution of Blossom headwear and the golden cape and crown sets to the raising of funds for directed research, Brooke's Blossoming Hope strives to make a difference for these young Warriors. I have never been involved with an organization that worked so hard to make the most of every single cent entrusted to them by their donors. 100% volunteer run, 100% dedicated to its mission, 100% trustworthy. I 100% stand behind the foundation and all the amazing things they have accomplished and all the things I know they will accomplish in the future!

Senecia M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Brooke's mom has worked tirelessly to get awareness raised for pediatric cancer. She had stuck to her values and beliefs even when it was tough. She always chooses the high road when working to raise awareness and money for Brooke's Blossoming Hope. Even though Brooke has passed there are many others who still need help. This organization knows first hand how to get things done and where the need's are!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Brookes blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation Inc
This organization continues to help all children as Brooke Elizabeth Hester always wished that no other child should have "lumpies" and be sick from cancer. She really had a heart of Gold. She was my hero and not a day passes without missing her smile, love, and strength.

Tammy40

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sweet Brooke Hester was a patient at Helen DeVos where my daughter Hailey was also a patient. Brooke had the biggest smile and such love for everyone she met and she gave her beautiful blossoms to anyone she could to lift their spirits. The blossoms made all the little girls that lost their hair feel like a princess. We will always remember sweet Brooke and her selfless love of trying to make everyone feel better.

BrookesBlossoms

Board Member

Rating: 5

Could there be anything more beautiful than a nonprofit started by a child with cancer for other kids with cancer worldwide? Nope. Don't think so: Beautiful Brooke gave her life fighting and believing in beauty and hope!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's easy to volunteer for Brooke's Blossoms!! You can help in a variety of ways such as becoming a creativity, distribution, advocacy or fundraising volunteer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Outstanding and very organized caring individual
Even as an adult cancer patient I got a blossom

Dawn112

Donor

Rating: 5

By far, one of the best charities out there, and also by far closest to our hearts❤️

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

WHAT a MAGNIFICENT organization. Born out of the precious young lady who wanted to give back to others while she was in the fight of her life. Brooke selflessly gave to others...putting them first the whole time she valiantly fought cancer.

PLEASE consider this foundation!! You will not be sorry!!

Sandy Daron
Cole's Foundation

Jake14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is no greater recognition of a charity than one formed and unselfishly managed by a family that has experienced firsthand the expensive, long, and uncertain road to discovering a cure for their own child and, at the same time, caring for the future of all children with cancer. I trust that the Hester family will continue to be a loud advocate for continuing and expanded research into finding cures for childhood cancers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are no greater advocates for curing childhood cancers than Brooke and her great family. I have known Brooke since she was first diagnosed with cancer. Since that time I have witnessed a most amazing dedication by the family and the South Texas community to Brooke, but just as impressive has been the family's untiring efforts to support other children with cancer and encouraging an expansion of research into pediatric cancer research.

jessica_hester

Board Member

Rating: 5

There is nothing on Earth that is more near and dear to my heart than Brooke's Blossoms... other than Brooke herself and her beyond amazingly compassionate, caring heart.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every dollar goes directly towards this organization. Every donation is cherished, no matter the amount. Working with anyone from this organization in any capacity is always inspiring.